Terry Russell Thorson, age 79, of Maryville, Illinois, passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, September 7, 2017. At the time, he was a resident of the Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra, Illinois, due to his long struggle with congestive heart failure.
Terry was born October 24, 1937 in Tomahawk, Wisconsin to Pansy Blossom Cartwright and Vernon Russell Thorson. Terry’s father served as a marine in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Upon Terry’s 1960 graduation from the University of Wisconsin, he had earned two B.S. degrees—one in chemical engineering and the other in naval science. Before he reported to active duty on the USS Laws out of San Diego, Terry and Luann Marie Zimmerman were married. Terry continued naval service in the reserves and retired as a Commander in 1985.
Terry’s engineering career began with the Marathon Corporation, which changed names several times starting with Northern Paper Mills, to American Can, to James River and finally to Georgia Pacific. He also served on the Lake States Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPP) for eleven years, one as president. When Terry retired, he was Manager of Operations for the Georgia Pacific plant in Green Bay.
Community Service was very much a part of Terry’s life. At Ascension Lutheran Church in Green Bay, her served in many capacities on the church council, including president. He was a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Brown County, for the Green Bay Broadview YMCA, for the Curative Rehabilitation Center and for the Kiwanis Club of Green Bay. In Maryville, Illinois, he held membership in Our Lord’s Lutheran Church.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents and, in 2008, by his wife, Luann.
Three children survive Terry—Jody Klaubauf, Randy Thorson, and Rob Thorson, all from Green Bay, Wisconsin; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Sue Kohler of Dunedin, FL, and Sally Johnson of Crystal Lake, IL. He will be missed by his partner, Alice Azure, who loved him very much and cared for him in the last years of his life.
Visitation will be from 4pm to 6:30pm on Wednesday September 13, 2017 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 North Center Street, Maryville, IL.
Funeral service will be at 6:30 pm at the funeral home with the Rev. Marvin Morgan officiating. Burial with military honors will b on Friday September 15, 2017 at 1:30pm in Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL.
Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice Care, 8 Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 or to Hitz Memorial Home, 201 Bell Street, P.O. Box 79, Alhambra, IL 62001.